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Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF)

Bard College at Simon's Rock signed and returned to the Department of Education the Certification and Agreement. The College intends to use no less than fifty percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the Cares Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.

The total amount that the College received under the HEERF I student aid allocation was $156,169. The College has expended all available HEERF I student aid allocation.

As of 5/22/20, the College has distributed approximately $145,775 to 255 eligible students.

As of 7/2/20, the College has distributed approximately $145,775 to 255 eligible students.

As of 8/17/20, the College has distributed approximately $145,775 to 255 eligible students.

As of 9/30/20, the College has distributed approximately $145,775 to 255 eligible students.

As of 10/31/20, the College has distributed approximately $145,775 to 255 eligible students.

As of 11/30/20, the College has distributed approximately $145,775 to 255 eligible students.

As of 12/31/20, the College has distributed approximately $145,775 to 255 eligible students.

As of 3/31/21, the College has distributed approximately $145,775 to 255 eligible students.

As of 6/30/21, the College has distributed approximately $156,169 to 255 eligible students.

Bard College at Simon's Rock had 255 students that were eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid grants under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act. 

 

The total amount that the College received under the HEERF II student aid allocation was $156,170. The College has expended all available HEERF II student aid allocation.

As of 3/31/21, the College has distributed approximately $0 to 230 eligible students.

As of 6/30/21, the College has distributed approximately $156,170 to 230 eligible students.

Bard College at Simon's Rock had 230 students that were eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid grants under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CRRSAA. 

 

The total amount that the College received under the HEERF III student aid allocation was $410,041.

As of 12/31/21, the College has distributed approximately $396,815 to 306 eligible students.

As of 3/31/22, the College has distributed approximately $396,815 to 306 eligible students.

Bard College at Simon's Rock has 306 students that are eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid grants under Section 18004(a)(1) of the American Rescue Plan. 

Announcements

3/31/22 – We expect to award the remaining HEERF III grants by 06/30/22.

12/24/21 – We have awarded $396,815 in HEERF III grants.

10/20/21 – We will begin awarding HEERF III automatic grants in late October through November.

1/19/21 – The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA) signed on 12/27/2020 removes the restriction on eligibility to Title IV eligible students for both CARES Act HEERF I and CRRSAA HEERF II. We are working on a method to distribute the HEERF II funds to students as quickly as possible. Bard College at Simon’s Rock has not received CRRSAA HEERF II funds or a notification of funds availability yet.

7/2/2020 – We are still accepting requests for HEERF grants for eligible students. You can apply for relief through the Bard College at Simon's Rock Emergency Fund. 

6/23/20 – The Department of Education has issued an interim final rule, published 6/17/20, to define eligibility of students to receive emergency financial aid grants under the CARES Act. The interim final rule is under a comment period lasting one month, ending 7/17/20. 

5/22/20 – The Department of Education, in an update on 5/21/20, has announced it will not enforce Title IV eligibility as an eligibility factor for HEERF grants. International students, undocumented students, and DACA students remain ineligible according to current guidelines.

5/22/20 – If you have eligible expenses in excess of the funds you were already awarded, you can apply for further funding up to $500 through the Bard College at Simon's Rock Student Emergency Fund.

Quarterly Reporting

Quarterly Public Reporting Form for (a)(1) Institutional Portion, (a)(2), and (a)(3) Funds

Methodology

Eligibility for HEERF III grants includes current Bard College at Simon's Rock students at the time the grants are issued. Students with exceptional need, as determined by Pell and Title IV eligibility, will be prioritized. Questions may be directed to Phil Morrison, Director of Finance and Administration, at pmorrison@simons-rock.edu

By accepting these funds, students certify that they will use the funds for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and childcare. Funds received in excess of such eligible expenses should be returned to the College.

Returning Excess Funds

If you received funds in excess of your eligible expenses or wish to decline aid, you can return the funds to the College by doing the following:

  1. Email pmorrison@simons-rock.edu notifying us of the return.
  2. Send a check payable to Bard College at Simon's Rock, noting "HEERF" and the Simon's Rock Student ID in the memo OR send the uncashed, original check from Bard College at Simon's Rock to:

    Attn: Director of Finance and Administration
    Bard College at Simon's Rock
    84 Alford Road
    Great Barrington, MA 01230


All returned funds will be redistributed to eligible students who apply for Coronavirus-related expense relief through the Bard College at Simon's Rock Student Emergency Fund.